Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coach designed to convey invalids. It had a curtained coach-top and was fitted with a cot so arranged that the passenger could either sit up or recline.
“The marriage took place at the Kremlin in the Court church, and immediately after it the newly married couple drove away in a dormeuse to Yasnaya Polyana, where they were met by Tolstoy's brother and his aunt tatyana Aleksandrovna.”
“On a tapestry-covered dormeuse, by the open window, and carefully protected with gauze curtains from the glare of the coming noon, reclined a handsome woman of middle age, so like, and yet so strangely unlike 'Lora Delcor, that my dusky blooms quivered and fretted with emotion, as the contadina closed the door behind us.”
“But it was not in a light mood that she put on her bonnet after dinner, and set out to pay a visit to her uncle at the library; she had resolved that she would not be near the dormeuse in whatsoever relative position that evening.”
“No one was in the breakfast-parlour when Fleda came down, so she took her book and the dormeuse, and had an hour of luxurious quiet before anybody appeared.”
“Then appeared Mrs. Evelyn in her morning wrapper, and only stopping at the bell-handle, came up to the dormeuse, and stooping down, kissed Fleda's forehead with so much tenderness that it won a look of most affectionate gratitude in reply.”
“No, Mamma," said Constance, arching her eyebrows – "we are to taste the sweets of domestic life – you, as head of the family, will go to sleep in the dormeuse, and Florence and I shall take turns in yawning by your side.”
“My dearest Mamma, will you consent to have the dormeuse wheeled round with its back to the fire?”
“Your eyes are only to look at," said Mr. Linden with a laughing endorsement of _his_ thoughts, and putting her back in the dormeuse.”
“No one was in the breakfast parlour when Fleda came down, so she took her book and the dormeuse and had an hour of luxurious quiet before anybody appeared.”
“No mamma," said Constance arching her eyebrows, -- "we are to taste the sweets of domestic life -- you as head of the family will go to sleep in the dormeuse, and Florence and I shall take turns in yawning by your side.”
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